In addition to blasting people to the moon, NASA and its research labs have given us countless other inventions we now use in our everyday lives, like Velcro, memory foam, portable handheld vacuums and more.
Add LED Light Therapy to the list. Originally used in medical applications to help heal soft tissue, the power of light-emitting diodes (LED) is now used in skincare treatments to stimulate the deeper layers of our skin.
So, shining a light on my skin helps with something?
In short, yes. The idea is that the light penetrates, in a non-invasive way, through the epidermis (your skin’s outermost layer) to the dermis (the layer just below). There, it stimulates the cells that are responsible for producing collagen and elastin, responsible for our skin’s plumpy-ness and ability to hold shape after movement. To go a step further scientifically, the light excites the mitochondrion in our skin cells (we know you at least recognize that from bio class) , causing them to produce more cellular fuel, thus, speeding up the process of collagen and elastin production, which, over time, can push up wrinkles and fine lines.
Red versus blue. What’s the difference?
At Heyday, we use both LED light therapy of the red light and blue light variety. The differences?
Red light helps in aging defense and repair of sun damage we’ve accumulated over the years. It helps your skin form new capillaries, which speed up the healing process by bringing increased oxygen to the area. At the same time, it stimulates the collagen and elastin production we mentioned above that helps with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In the short term, it gives an awesome, plumping glow (we make sure anyone seeing us within a week of their wedding gets this!). And over multiple treatments, you can actually see a longer-term lift in those creases in the face.
The blue light variety helps detoxify skin and can treat mild to moderate acne. How? It kills bacteria under the surface of the skin and calms inflammation. The heat from the infrared light can also help manage the activity of oil glands. Overall, the result is less bacteria and oil, which can be a huge help in controlling breakouts.
How does it feel?
As the recipient, all you feel is the warmth of a light near your skin. Chances are good you’ll doze off while we perform the therapy.
It’s safe for clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. We love it because it’s non-invasive and merely amplifies your body’s natural healing process. The results are visible in the short-term and awesome in the long-term.
How can I try it?
Light Therapy is one of our treatment Enhancements ($35). As with all of our Enhancements, you can always add it the day of your treatment after chatting with your Skin Therapist about it. If you know you’d like it ahead of time, you can mark it in the Notes when you book a facial.
Love and light,
The Heyday Team